South Pem edges Holcomb
STEELE, Mo. - South Pemiscot girls basketball coach Nick Nealey provided his team with an extra incentive to rebound the basketball before Thursday night’s third-place game against the Holcomb Hornets at the Pattye Woody Classic.
“We had 13 rebounds in our last game so rebounding was a point of emphasis,” Nealey said. “I told them before the game I would buy pizza for anyone that got over 10 rebounds.”
Every rebound proved valuable as South Pemiscot edged Holcomb 45-43 in the third-place game at the tournament Thursday.
“I guess I am just going to have to feed them to get them to rebound.” Nealey said.
Neither team led by much in the nail-biter. South Pemiscot enjoyed a 7-3 lead after the first quarter before Holcomb rallied to tie things up at 15-15 by halftime. South Pemiscot led by as much as 21-17 with 5:57 left in the third period before Holcomb narrowed the margin to 30-28 by the start of the fourth period.
Holcomb scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to move ahead 34-30 with 6:09 left but South Pemiscot followed with the next six points to move back ahead 36-34 with 4:44 remaining.
South Pemiscot increased its lead to 45-38 with 2:30 left in regulation but was held scoreless the rest of the way.
Holcomb got as close as 45-43 when Bailey Cupples made a transition layup with 13 seconds left. After a timeout, South Pemiscot missed its free throws after it was fouled. Holcomb turned the ball over on its next offensive possession before it was able to get a potential game-winning shot off.
“Our effort is there,” Holcomb coach Marty Young said. “We are going to be decent. I love this group of girls.”
Holcomb freshman point guard Macy Houart led all scores with 30 points. She tallied 13 of her team’s 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Cupples also finished in double digits with 10 points.
“We controlled tempo better and played a little bit better defense tonight,” Young said. “We’ve still got to get better at protecting the basketball.”
Sophomore center Damaris Farmer paced South Pemiscot with 14 points. Kaylee Williams added eight points.
“Holcomb’s kids played really hard,” Nealey said. “They are young and we had three seniors. That was probably the difference, but it was a fun game because both teams played really hard.”
No. 4 South Pemiscot 45, No. 3 Holcomb 43
SPS 7 8 15 15 - 45
HHS 3 12 13 15 - 43
SOUTH PEMISCOT (45) Darcey Morton 5, Destyn Nowlin 3, Aliyah Taylor 2, Kaylee Williams 8, Damaris Farmer 14, Lakeyia Brown 5, Tamiya Starks 6, Ariana McDaniel 2. FG 20, FT 3/11, F 13. (3-pointers: Starks 1, Morton 1; Fouled out: Starks).
HOLCOMB (43) - Macy Houart 30, Bailey Cupples 10, Hannah Burk 2, Kiarstan Presson 1. FG 17, FT 7/11, F 15. (3-pointers: Houart 2; Fouled out: Houart).